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The Institute of Masters of Wine is the home of exceptional expertise in the wine world. What started more than 65 years ago as an exam for the UK wine trade is now a globally recognised title collectively held by a worldwide family of Masters of Wine. Today, there are 416 MWs based in 31 countries, each making their own contribution to the world of wine. Becoming an MW means gaining entry into a unique wine community; one that brings enriching personal and professional opportunities, as well as lifelong friendships.

ABOUT US

The IMW’s mission is to promote excellence, interaction, and learning across all sectors of the global wine community. As well as running the MW study programme, our programme of worldwide events offers unparalleled opportunities to taste and learn. These tastings and seminars, including our international symposium, are open for anyone to attend – you don’t have to be a Master of Wine to join in.

FIND AN MW

The IMW’s directory of Masters of Wine allows you to search not just by name, but also by skills and specialisms. MWs are active all over the world and in all fields; MWs are winemakers, journalists, consultants, buyers, auctioneers, educators and much more. If you are looking for an MW in a particular country, expert comment on a specific style of wine, a speaker for your event, or experienced commercial advice, look no further.

THE MW EXAM

The MW exam tests the breadth and depth of a candidate’s theoretical knowledge and tasting skills in the art, science and business of wine. By passing the MW exam, you become a member of the IMW, gain the title Master of Wine and can use the initials MW after your name. The MW exam is a series of tasting and theory papers, plus an in-depth research project. You can find out about all stages of the exam, as well as downloading past papers, by clicking below.

Latest News

The Taylor’s Port Golden Vines Diversity Scholarships

The Taylor’s Port Golden Vines Diversity Scholarships

Following the recent press announcement, the IMW is delighted to confirm its support for the Golden Vines Diversity Scholarships in association with Liquid Icons and the Gerard Basset Wine Education Charitable Foundation. The Golden Vines Diversity Scholarships,...

Ten new Masters of Wine

Ten new Masters of Wine

The Institute of Masters of Wine has announced 10 new MWs. Based in five countries, the new IMW members – including the first MW based in Italy – are James Doidge MW (UK), Gabriele Gorelli MW (Italy), Susan Lin MW (US), Moritz Nikolaus Lueke MW (Germany), Sophie...

MW study programme update

MW study programme update

After rigorous internal debate and extensive consideration of all options, the IMW has postponed the June stage one assessment and the stage two closed book exam. Ultimately, despite our exam committee, education committee and executive team's best efforts, we feel...

Lallemand Oenology announces the winners of its 2021 bursary

Lallemand Oenology announces the winners of its 2021 bursary

In its annual bursary for students in the MW study programme, IMW supporter Lallemand Oenology has awarded the first prize to Emily Brighton and offered a second prize to Lenka Davis. Lallemand felt that adding a second prize would be beneficial in these difficult...

Doug Frost MW’s project named in 2020 Wine Discoveries

Doug Frost MW’s project named in 2020 Wine Discoveries

Doug Frost MW's project, Echolands Winery, was named in the 2020 Wine Discoveries list released by Robert Parker Wine Advocate. Anthony Mueller writes, "The newest project from Doug Frost, MS & MW comes Echolands Winery. Having just released its first vintage,...

Gabriele Gorelli MW features in Italian Wine Podcast episode

Gabriele Gorelli MW features in Italian Wine Podcast episode

Monty Waldin has a chat with Gabriele Gorelli MW - the first Master of Wine based in Italy - in an Italian Wine Podcast episode. In this interview Gabriele discusses where his passion for wine began, taking listeners through his wine journey from completing his...

Stephen Skelton MW’s latest book The Knight Who Invented Champagne

Stephen Skelton MW’s latest book The Knight Who Invented Champagne

Stephen Skelton MW has just finished his latest book, The Knight Who Invented Champagne. The book tells the story of how developments in the British glass industry in the early part of the 17th century led to the production by Sir Kenelm Digby of strong glass bottles,...

Latest News

The Taylor’s Port Golden Vines Diversity Scholarships

The Taylor’s Port Golden Vines Diversity Scholarships

Following the recent press announcement, the IMW is delighted to confirm its support for the Golden Vines Diversity Scholarships in association with Liquid Icons and the Gerard Basset Wine Education Charitable Foundation. The Golden Vines Diversity Scholarships,...

Ten new Masters of Wine

Ten new Masters of Wine

The Institute of Masters of Wine has announced 10 new MWs. Based in five countries, the new IMW members – including the first MW based in Italy – are James Doidge MW (UK), Gabriele Gorelli MW (Italy), Susan Lin MW (US), Moritz Nikolaus Lueke MW (Germany), Sophie...

Lallemand Oenology announces the winners of its 2021 bursary

Lallemand Oenology announces the winners of its 2021 bursary

In its annual bursary for students in the MW study programme, IMW supporter Lallemand Oenology has awarded the first prize to Emily Brighton and offered a second prize to Lenka Davis. Lallemand felt that adding a second prize would be beneficial in these difficult...

MW study programme update

MW study programme update

After rigorous internal debate and extensive consideration of all options, the IMW has postponed the June stage one assessment and the stage two closed book exam. Ultimately, despite our exam committee, education committee and executive team's best efforts, we feel...

Features

WineMasters: Spain with Tim Atkin MW and Christy Canterbury MW

WineMasters: Spain with Tim Atkin MW and Christy Canterbury MW

Tim Atkin MW and Christy Canterbury MW tell Spanish wine stories along with renowned families from Penedès, Rioja, Rias Baixas, Jerez and Priorat in the third season of WineMasters Documentaries: Spain. All five episodes of WineMasters Spain are now available to watch...

Doug Frost MW’s project named in 2020 Wine Discoveries

Doug Frost MW’s project named in 2020 Wine Discoveries

Doug Frost MW's project, Echolands Winery, was named in the 2020 Wine Discoveries list released by Robert Parker Wine Advocate. Anthony Mueller writes, "The newest project from Doug Frost, MS & MW comes Echolands Winery. Having just released its first vintage,...

Stephen Skelton MW’s latest book The Knight Who Invented Champagne

Stephen Skelton MW’s latest book The Knight Who Invented Champagne

Stephen Skelton MW has just finished his latest book, The Knight Who Invented Champagne. The book tells the story of how developments in the British glass industry in the early part of the 17th century led to the production by Sir Kenelm Digby of strong glass bottles,...

Gabriele Gorelli MW features in Italian Wine Podcast episode

Gabriele Gorelli MW features in Italian Wine Podcast episode

Monty Waldin has a chat with Gabriele Gorelli MW - the first Master of Wine based in Italy - in an Italian Wine Podcast episode. In this interview Gabriele discusses where his passion for wine began, taking listeners through his wine journey from completing his...

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